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Ralph Ellison Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, and Humanizing Our Black Youth

Vincent Intondi | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Sixty-two years ago, Ralph Ellison, who would have been 80-years-old this week, wrote those words, and one cannot help but be reminded of them today. That is because, for many, including most mainstream media, black youth are still not seen as children, friends, or siblings.

In Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar Is King

Timothy Cooper | Posted 12.01.2013 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

Right now, Kendrick is king. His innovation runs deep, and I hope it runs deep enough to avoid the shallowness of an industry that too often neglects freshness and comfortably embraces the modus operandi.

School System Lifts Ban On Legendary Novel

AP | Posted 09.26.2013 | Black Voices

ASHEBORO, N.C. -- A North Carolina school board has rescinded its ban on Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," returning it to local high school libraries....

Why I Banned a Book -- Part II

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

After I wrote about the experiences of our lesson of the damaging effects of Banning a Book at Mansfield University during last year's Banned Book week, I was very encouraged that the fight against censorship and banning books was going in the right direction.

The Book Ban Club Still Lives

Robert Miraldi | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Robert Miraldi

A possible threat to national security is perhaps more understandable, but getting a prior restraint on a book for national security is near impossible; getting a book banned because people cuss or if the content is "ungodly" (look out Harry Potter books!) is a lot easier.

Legendary Novel Banned From School Libraries

Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

A lack of "literary value" has apparently left Ralph Ellison's landmark 1952 novel, Invisible Man banned from school libraries in Randolph County, N.C...

Happy 100th Birthday, Ralph Ellison!

Posted 03.01.2013 | Black Voices

Happy birthday, Ralph Ellison! The legendary author would have turned 100 today. Ellison may have never even entered the literary world, as he or...